tech·​ni·​cal·​i·​ty | \ ˌtek-nə-ˈka-lə-tē \
plural technicalities

Definition of technicality

1 : something technical especially : a detail meaningful only to a specialist a legal technicality
2 : the quality or state of being technical

Examples of technicality in a Sentence

These cases were dropped because of legal technicalities.

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The conviction was eventually overturned because of what an Italian appeals court described as a technicality. Washington Post, "Tessa Jowell, U.K. culture secretary who helped secure 2012 Olympics, dies at 70," 13 May 2018 Playing off technicalities and loopholes between jurisdictions where a company operates to avoid taxes altogether is generally not permitted. Emre Peker, WSJ, "McDonald’s Avoids Fines as Europe Rules Its Tax Deal Is Legal," 19 Sep. 2018 Regardless, the legal process is filled with technicalities, hard to follow terms, and shifting rules and guidelines. Caryl Stern, Marie Claire, "I Witnessed the Horrors Immigrant Children Experience at the Border," 25 July 2018 Taking us from the technicalities of growing through to bottling, the tour ended with a six-wine tasting at the on-site restaurant, The Swan. Tyler Wetherall, Condé Nast Traveler, "Kent Is Poised to Be the U.K.'s Napa Valley," 14 Sep. 2018 Disney saw the relocation as a technicality, but the city council wouldn’t renegotiate, so the company suspended construction. Nour Malas, WSJ, "In Disneyland’s Hometown, Once Warm Relations Have Frozen," 24 Sep. 2018 But, on a technicality related to the death of the owner's sister, a city court ruled against Lustig, an outcome that quickly became a flashpoint for a renter's rebellion in Berlin. Erik Kirschbaum,, "'Poor but sexy' Berlin now home to soaring rents and rising tensions," 24 Apr. 2018 Legal technicalities have also buoyed Sky shares in recent weeks, but Fox seems to have negotiated these into the background. Stephen Wilmot, WSJ, "Disney and Comcast Raise the Stakes in the Battle for Fox," 11 July 2018 Login The Court of Criminal Appeals, though, refused to review the motion Tuesday, which was based on a legal technicality. Emilie Eaton, San Antonio Express-News, "As activists gather, court denies request to halt San Antonio man’s execution," 10 July 2018

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First Known Use of technicality

1764, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of technicality

: a small detail in a rule, law, etc., and especially one that forces an unwanted or unexpected result
: something that is understood by experts but usually not by other people


tech·​ni·​cal·​i·​ty | \ ˌtek-nə-ˈka-lə-tē \
plural technicalities

Kids Definition of technicality

: something that is understood only by a person with special training a legal technicality

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